Thursday, May 19

Why it matters. The French on strike and in the streets to demand wage increases

Several unions (CGT-FO-FSU-Solidaires) call this Thursday for a day of interprofessional mobilization “on wages and employment”.

Third consecutive Thursday

On January 13, a vast strike movement hit the world of education. In question, a chaotic return to school, incessant changes in health protocols and a Minister of National Education singled out for his management of the epidemic and the Omicron wave in the school environment. A movement widely followed – a sign of discontent – ​​since “8% of primary school teachers and 24% of secondary school teachers had mobilized according to the Ministry of National Education. A movement which had resulted in the reception of the unions by the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Education and the Minister of Health, then in a few announcements (recruitment of 3,300 contract workers, delivery of 5 million FFP2 masks).

Announcements deemed insufficient: the movement had been renewed the following Thursday, during a week marked by the revelations of Mediapart on the holidays of Jean-Michel Blanquer. But this time, the movement had been little followed: 1.15% of primary school teachers went on strike, and 2.18% in secondary schools. “The goal was not to redo January 13, but to maintain mobilization and pressure, to show that staff are not fooled by announcements and are preparing to succeed on January 27 with all sectors”, had then explained to AFP Michael Marcilloux, co-secretary general of the CGT educ’action.

Two weeks after the massive movement of January 13, several unions and organizations therefore hope to unite again, across professions and ages.

What claims?

Inflation, electricity and gasoline prices… there are many reasons for tension at the start of the year. This explosive socio-economic cocktail therefore led the inter-union CGT-FO-FSU-Solidaires as well as several youth organizations (FIDL, MNL, Unef, UNL) to launch a call for mobilization for “salaries and employment”. .

Overall, the unions want to bring together employees, but also young people and retirees, for “for the general increase in wages, pensions and social allowances, the defense of jobs and working conditions”, they list. At the education level, the unions are still calling for recruitment and a strengthening of the health protocol.

Finally, the organizations want the unemployment insurance reform to be abandoned.

Disruptions to be expected?

No figures as to the mobilization are for the time being advanced. Several gatherings must take place in major cities: Dijon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Paris, etc. In the capital, a procession must parade between Place de la Bastille and Bercy from 1:30 p.m.

As for train traffic, traffic should be slightly disrupted. With regard to the TER, “the level of supply will vary according to the regions and the service will be provided at 80% at the national level against 90% currently”, indicated the SNCF, whose supply is already suffering the consequences of absences linked to the Covid epidemic. The service will be normal or almost normal on all the other RER or Transilien lines. Finally, the entire TGV service will be provided normally, the company said.

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